Within the past couple weeks someone posted this question asking "What's so special about Jules Verne?"
At first glance, I wanted to close this question. It seems fully subjective and requires an opinion on the quality of an author's work, which is not the type of question that can be answered with a clear answer. In other words a bad question for this site.
But the more I thought about it, the more I thought, "This is a not only a legitimate question, but a good question. This addresses points beyond the subjective. Most people know about current literature and movies, but many have not explored important and seminal works (and authors) of SF&F. A perfect example of that is the recent movie Hugo. I've talked with many people who have seen the movie and had never heard of Georges Melies before seeing Hugo. Melies was seminal and important to film and the SF&F world, yet few today know about him.
Many of us have heard of Jules Verne or H. G. Wells, but we don't know where they fit in the world of SF&F. And, for that matter, even more people have no idea how important Poe was to the genre and how he's sometimes called The Father of Science Fiction (as well as The Father of Horror and The Father of the Mystery Story).
While one can get some of that from general reference sources, even the Wikipedia can be pedantic sometimes, and often leaves out some viewpoints.
This person is not asking for a long essay (although my answer was kind of long), and most of what they're asking can be given as a subjective answers. I feel I did a lot of that, by specifying what Verne did to develop the genre and what he did before others did it.
It seems to me this is the kind of question that requires a meaty answer, and that it is a movement away from the types of questions that some people have complained about or called trivial.
Should this question really be closed? Is it possible that what it needs might be some editing along the way, as opposed to closing?
The more I think about it, the more I think this question should be re-opened.